MILWAUKEE – Two D.C. Everest Idea School students took first place in the executive industry category at the first-ever Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Virtual State Business Challenge on May 21.

Andrew Bethke and Noah Stachovak competed for scholarships against high school students from throughout Wisconsin. Thirty-nine students from 16 Wisconsin high schools were represented at the competition.

The JA Business Challenge provides virtual hands-on experience running a business. Statewide school closings because of COVID-19 initiated the transition of the JA Business Challenge to a virtual platform.

“When living rooms and dining rooms became classrooms, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin knew we could and wanted to provide important resources and opportunities for students, including the chance to participate in the JA Business Challenge,” said Michael Frohna, president, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “These times are highly unusual, but young people still desire to create and prepare for their futures. Coming along side youth to help in these ways is a privilege for us.”

Students from the winning teams each received: first place ($1,000), second place ($500), third place ($100 Kohl’s gift card), respectively.